Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery has a fine reputation, and I have been impressed with the few Bell’s beers that I have stumbled upon, so I was quite excited when I saw a lone bottle of their summer beer, Oberon Ale, sitting on the shelf. The Oberon Ale pours a hazy orange, with little bits of detritus floating throughout the beer, and that is almost always a good sign. It seemed to glow, as if it was ill met by moonlight. It has a wonderful bread, orange rind, and floral aroma, each of which carries over to the flavor. The wheat malts are up front and prominent and somewhat creamy, reminiscent of a hefeweizen, but without the banana and clove flavors I associate with that style. I could drink this all day, 8/10, and would except I think I had the last bottle in South Florida, as I have not seen any since this bottle called out to me like a mermaid, on a dolphin’s back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song.
High Point Brewing from New Jersey, my very own backyard, specializes in German wheat beers. According to their website, High Point uses an exclusive strain of yeast obtained from a small unnamed brewer in Bavaria, and this unique yeast lends complexity to the character of their beers.
I poured myself a glass of their Classic Wheat the other night. This poured a deep pumpernickel color, and with a nice foamy head. The bready color carried over to the aroma and the taste, with no real sweetness from the malt. It was slightly bitter and spicy, and highly carbonated. Only 5.5% ABV, though I would have guessed it was a bit higher due to the prevalence of alcohol in the taste. I am giving this a 5.5/10. Not a great score, but I will not let that put me off from trying some of their other brews.